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Faculty & Staff Notes

Imam Abdullah T. Antepli gave a series of lectures on Christian-Muslim relations, Islam and Muslims in America, and religious peacemaking and interfaith dialogue in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Turkey. He was the keynote speaker for the annual Hartford Prayer Breakfast in Hartford, Conn., and a featured speaker at the Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, N.C.

Betsy Barton, Susan Dunlap , and Jeanne Twohig (all from the Institute on Care at the End of Life) facilitated two workshops in April for pastors and lay members at the invitation of the Center for Congregations in Indiana. All participants received a copy of ICEOL’s book, The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness, End of Life and Grief .

Jeremy Begbie published “The Shape of Things to Come? Wright Amidst Emerging Ecclesiologies,” in Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright (IVP Academic). His review article on John Butt’s Bach’s Dialogue with Modernity: Perspectives on the Passions (entitled “Pressing at the Boundaries of Modernity”) appeared in the summer issue of Christian Scholar’s Review (40.4, 2011). The June 19 issue of Living Church magazine featured “Minister of Music: An Interview with Jeremy Begbie.” During the spring, Begbie lectured with live piano performance at a variety of churches and institutions across the United States, including Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, Penn.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.), Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.), and Christ Church, Greenwich, Conn. He led “The Sound of Hope,” a study day organized by the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke, and presented a paper entitled “The Future of Theology Amidst the Arts: Why Reformed Protestants Need to Get Over Their Embarrassment” as part of the Faith and Learning Lecture Series at Wheaton College, Ill. In May he gave a solo piano recital at Wolfson College, Cambridge, England, and was keynote speaker at a Music and Worship Foundation residential weekend.

Jason Byassee spoke on Christology and allegory in Augustine at a class on spirituality at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and on the renewal of the small church at a conference in Perrysburg, Ohio, for the Detroit and Covenant synods of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He preached at Garden City United Methodist Church in Savannah, Ga., and at Center United Methodist Church in Snow Camp, N.C. He was the diocesan speaker for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and gave the address “Heaven on Earth?: The Future of Spiritual Interpretation” at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Byassee published numerous articles: “Joining the Communion of Saints and Writing the Unwritable Word” (March 7), for The Other Journal ; “Leighton Ford: Leadership Like an Aspen Tree” (April 11) and “An Argument in Stone” (May 24), at Faith & Leadership ; “The Logic of Online Community” (June 16), a blog post on new media for Sojourners; and “Lessons for Large Churches” (June 16), in United Methodist Reporter . In addition to several book reviews, his article “The Bishop’s Dashboard” appeared in the May 31 issue of Christian Century .

Charles Campbell lectured on “Preaching Lent and Easter” at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He preached in a Lenten series at First UMC in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and at Duke Divinity School’s Closing Convocation, Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church in Cary, N.C., and Christ UMC in Chapel Hill, N.C. He traveled to Uppsala, Sweden, to teach and preach at the Swedish Preaching Program and taught a D.Min. course for the Association of Theological Schools in Chicago, Ill. He served as plenary speaker at the Preaching Pastors’ Retreat of the Sacramento Presbytery in Zephir Cove, Nev., and taught a Sunday school class at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C.

Kenneth Carder was named bishop in residence and Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Professor Emeritus. He delivered the baccalaureate sermon at Emory and Henry College and preached as part of the Great Preacher Series at the Proctor Institute, which is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund and held each year at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn. He preached at Munsey Memorial UMC in Johnson City, Tenn., as part of the Care for Creation celebration, and at Fairhaven UMC in Gaithersburg, Md., a racially diverse church formed by a merger when he was its student pastor in the 1960s. He also lectured on restorative justice and prison ministry at the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Jackson Carroll recently published a revised edition of his book As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry (Cascade).